The number of vacant offices in downtown Portland continue to rise

The impact of people working from home continues to impact smaller downtown businesses that depend on foot traffic.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Could 2023 finally be the year things turn around for downtown Portland? That’s the hope for many businesses looking for solutions and most of all, customers. A big piece of that has to do with daily foot traffic and getting people back into offices, say many restaurant owners.

“We expected it to be better [by now], to be honest,” said Hanz Arwas, who owns A Taste of Greek food cart at 321 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

“We start seeing more movement and more life

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